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Strategies for Complying with the Notice Provisions of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”), which amends the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 to provide a federal cause of action to private companies for trade secret...more

New York State Will Provide Paid Family Leave and $15 Minimum Wage

On March 31, 2016, New York State’s governor and legislative leaders announced an agreement on the state’s budget for 2016-2017 (“Budget”). Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill enacting the Budget at a press conference...more

New York City Publishes Proposed Rules to Amend the Fair Chance Act

On February 16, 2016, the New York City Commission on Human Rights (“Commission”) published proposed rules (“Proposed Rules”) to the City’s Fair Chance Act (“Act”). The Act controls when New York City employers can inquire...more

New York State Passes Five New Laws to Effectuate Gender Equality in the Workplace

The New York State Legislature recently passed several pieces of legislation, all of which are intended to curtail gender-related employment discrimination. Among other things, this legislation strengthens existing laws,...more

Now That New York City’s Credit Check and “Ban the Box” Laws Are in Effect, How Do Employers Comply?

Two important New York City laws impacting the hiring process have recently taken effect, requiring immediate action by most City employers. The Fair Chance Act, New York City’s “ban the box” law (“Ban-the-Box Law”),...more

NYC Commission on Human Rights Issues Enforcement Guidance for Newly Effective Credit Check Law

On September 3, 2015, the amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) prohibiting the use of credit checks in employment (“Credit Check Law”) became effective. On the same day, the New York City Commission on...more

New York City Expected to Ban the Use of Credit Checks in Employment

On April 16, 2015, the New York City Council passed an amendment (“Amendment”) to the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) that, if signed into law, would make it an unlawful discriminatory practice for employers to use...more

Philadelphia Joins Growing List of Cities with Paid Sick Leave Laws

On February 12, 2015, the Philadelphia City Council passed the “Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces” Ordinance (“Ordinance”), requiring private employers with 10 or more employees in the city of Philadelphia to provide...more

New York Wage Theft Prevention Act Update: Annual Notice Requirement Is Removed for 2015

On December 29, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the long-awaited amendment (“Amendment”) to the Wage Theft Prevention Act (“WTPA” or “Act”) and a chapter memorandum. Notably, the Amendment and the chapter memorandum...more

Protecting Your Workforce: What You Need to Know About Ebola

The Ebola virus disease (“Ebola”) has become a worldwide threat, which, among many other effects, has forced employers to think about how to protect their employees. Employers also must consider how Ebola might impact...more

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Act Now Advisory: Japanese Parent Company May Be Liable for Employment Decisions of Its US Subsidiary

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently decided a case that should be taken into consideration when Japanese (and other foreign-based) companies determine the level of active involvement that their parent...more

Act Now Advisory: Will New York Employers Finally Be Relieved of Annual Reporting Obligations Under the Wage Theft Prevention Act?

A recently proposed amendment ("Amendment") to New York's Wage Theft Prevention Act ("WTPA" or "Act") would provide less burdensome employer reporting obligations but increase penalties under the Act. The Amendment passed the...more

Act Now Advisory: Changes to New York State's Unemployment Insurance Laws May Affect Employers' Severance Procedures and How...

In response to a federal mandate requiring states to restructure their unemployment insurance ("UI") laws to reduce government spending on UI benefits, New York State has amended its law in a way that may cause New York...more

Act Now Advisory: Nothing to Sneeze At: New York City Mayor Signs Earned Sick Time Act into Law, Effective April 1

On March 20, 2014, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed his first bill into law as mayor, amending the Earned Sick Time Act ("ESTA"), which requires the City's private employers with five or more employees to provide...more

Act Now Advisory: New York City Council Expands Scope of Paid Sick Time Law

On February 26, 2014, the New York City Council ("City Council") voted to expand the City's paid sick leave law, the Earned Sick Time Act ("ESTA"). In a 46-to-5 vote, the City Council passed an amendment to the ESTA requiring...more

Act Now Advisory: January 2014 New Arrival: New York City's Reasonable Accommodation Law (and Accompanying Notice Requirements)...

As we previously reported (see the Act Now Advisory titled "New York City Human Rights Law Expanded to Require Employers to Reasonably Accommodate Pregnant Employees"), on October 2, 2013, former New York City Mayor Michael...more

Act Now Advisory: Reminder to New York Employers: Annual Wage Notices Must Be Distributed by February 1 and Minimum Wage Has...

New York employers should be aware that, effective December 31, 2013, the statewide minimum wage increased from $7.25 to $8.00 per hour. This is the first in a series of incremental changes that will see the hourly minimum...more

Act Now Advisory: It's Official ... New York City's Earned Sick Time Act Will Become Effective April 1, 2014

As we previously reported (see the Act Now Advisory titled "New York City Paid Sick Time Law Will Likely Become Effective"), on May 8, 2013, the New York City Council passed the Earned Sick Time Act ("ESTA"), requiring...more

Act Now Advisory: New York State Department of Labor Adopts Wage Deduction Regulations

The New York State Department of Labor ("DOL") has adopted wage deduction regulations ("Final Regulations") pertaining to the expanded categories of permissible wage deductions in the New York Labor Law, effective October 9,...more

Act Now Advisory: New York State Releases Proposed Wage Deduction Regulations

The New York State Department of Labor ("DOL") recently published its long-awaited proposed regulations ("Proposed Regulations") pertaining to the newly expanded categories of permissible wage deductions pursuant to the New...more

Act Now Advisory: New York City Human Rights Law Amended to Prohibit Discrimination Based on Unemployment Status

As we previously advised in the April 2013 issue of Epstein Becker Green’s Take 5 Newsletter, on June 11, 2013, over Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto, an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) becomes...more

Act Now Advisory: New York City Paid Sick Time Law Will Likely Become Effective

On May 8, 2013, the New York City Council approved a legislative amendment that would create a statutory entitlement to sick time for employees working in New York City. The amendment, entitled the "Earned Sick Time Act"...more

Act Now Advisory: It's That Time of Year: New York Employers Must Issue Annual Wage Notices Under the Wage Theft Prevention Act

For the second time since the enactment of New York's Wage Theft Prevention Act ("WTPA"), New York employers must issue a written annual notice and acknowledgment of pay rates and pay dates ("Notice") to all New York...more

Act Now Advisory: Employers Must Update FCRA Notices in Background Screening Process by January 1, 2013

Effective January 1, 2013, employers must begin using a new Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA") notice in connection with their background screening process. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB")recently issued...more

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